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Thursday, June 1, 2000
Kingfisher Bay to Happy Valley, Fraser Island, QLD, Australia
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Happy Valley, Fraser Island, QLD, Australia:
Latitude: 25° 20' 16" South
Longitude: 153° 11' 59" East
Altitude: 74 feet
From Seattle: 8090 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Bronzewing Holiday Units

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Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Queensland
Route: Car: Tracks, Seventy Five Mile Beach
Start: Kingfisher Bay
Stop 1. Orchid Beach
End:Happy Valley, Fraser Island, QLD, Australia
Road Miles:102 miles
Linear:68 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Car on eastern beach Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

Car on eastern beach Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

Wreck of the Maheno Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

Me at the Wreck of the Maheno Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

My car at the Wreck of the Maheno Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

The Pinnacles rock formations Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

Dingo on the beach Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

Dingo on the beach Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

Plane and beached sailboat Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

Coast north of Indian Head Indian Head sand dunes, Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

Sand Dune Indian Head sand dunes, Fraser Island, QLD, Australia

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1148
Miles Driven:185879
Linear Dist: 218703
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 259
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Hotels: 386
Friends / Family: 293
Camping: 126
Hostels: 256
Transit: 73
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4031
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Journal Entry:
Rough sandy tracks through dense forest - definitely 4WD and a decent clearance required. Cut across the island to the eastern beach (Seventy Five Mile Beach). It's a beautiful, seemingly endless beach - an utter waste, but it's used as a highway. Actually it's kind of fun to drive on and much easier than the inland tracks, but it's such a shame - it really is a beautiful beach and even (as slow of time as they get on the island) there are cars zooming by every few minutes).

Stopped at the wreck of Maheno, a ship that was washed up here in 1923. Climbed around on it a bit, took some pictures, and continued on. At Cathedral Beach saw a beautiful Dingo in the sand. stopped twenty meters away to take its picture but it came trotting up to see what we were doing. When it realized there were no handouts it leisurely headed off. At Indian Head the rising tide meant we had to go inland to get around the headlands. Stopped to play in the sand dunes for a while. Headed on to Orchid Beach before stopping - the rising tide scared me. The first six kilometers south of the headlands was very close - soft sand and very little beach left, and it was still two hours to high tide. Backtracked to Happy Valley. There's no camping, but the resort is way to much money and the place suggested in the guide book is being renovated. End up renting a little holiday apartment (with room for six, a kitchen, etc.).


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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